Pope Francis made a renewed appeal for nuclear disarmament on Sunday, addressing a crowd at the Vatican’s St. Peter’s Square as the Nobel Committee was awarding one of the world’s foremost anti-nuclear groups with the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo.
The Pope spoke out about “the strong link between human rights and nuclear disarmament,” arguing that any group concerned with disadvantaged populations must be “also working with determination to build a world without nuclear arms.”
The pontiff has made clear his strong views on eliminating nuclear arsenals from world governments, speaking several times on the issue this year. Last month, he hosted a symposium at the Vatican entitled “Prospects for a World Free from Nuclear Weapons,” which was attended by United Nations representatives, Nobel Peace laureates, and officials from nuclear powers including the United States, Russia, and South Korea.
As he spoke in Vatican City, the Nobel Committee was holding its annual Nobel Prize awards ceremony, at which the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) was awarded the year’s Nobel Peace Prize.
Accepting the award, Beatrice Fihn, the head of the global coalition, made her own urgent call for nuclear disarmament.
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